Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) – Final

Check back often for updates before, during, and after the typhoon has passed. God be with us all.

I am writing this from manila with regular communication with people in the Visayas region (expected landfall area).

Final Update
12/8/12 11:00 pm EST
Well the typhoon has come and pass and to be honest, it was uneventful in Manila. The city did a really good job in making sure that everyone that needed to be evacuated got the help they needed. The problem now going forward is that some people who evacuated and checked into shelters saw little or no effects from the typhoon. They may be stubborn and not pay attention to future earnings.

Update 5
12/7/14 11:45 pm EST

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Buildings are now covered with rain clouds as compared to previous pics.

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Picture taken 10 mins later. Rain has now completely covered makati.

Update 4
12/7/14 7:35 pm EST

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Worst of the typhoon should be hitting manila in about 12 hours. Was told winds will be around 50-90 kph but rains can be torrential possibly leading to flash floods. If you know manila, you know that will be a certainty. It’s an overcast day. Schools are cancelled today and private sector jobs have the option to cancel today as well (most have).

Update 3
12/6/14 8:55 pm EST

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View of Manila Golf and Country Club from Global City. It’s hot and to be honest people here are not at all worried about the typhoon. They are saying that the the worst of the storm will be arriving tonight.

Update 2
12/6/14 8:36 am EST
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Some are taking this typhoon seriously, most aren’t. We have ballroom dancing at Market Market in Global City as the typhoon makes landfall in Samar. Typhoon is expected to be in our general area within the day.

Give thanks to our lord and savior for sparing this country from devastating forces. The Philippines be blessed.

Update 1
12/5/14 -10:35 pm EST
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Breakfast stroll around Makati at the Salcedo Saturday Market. Lots of people here. No one is worried about the upcoming typhoon around this area.

12/5/14 – 6:15 pm EST
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Well, I certainly picked a good time to have a business trip in Manila. Expecting winds around a 122 mph (197kph) and I am staying on the 16th floor in a condo. I’m flying back to Guam on Monday but based on the Storm track models, that seems to be unlikely. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES. The path of this storm is similar to that of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Paulo Coelho – For My Visitors In Brazil.

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I am amazed at how far reaching this blog has become. I am even more surprised that quite a few readers are from Brazil. This one is for you! You will be surprised at how popular Paulo Coelho is here in the Philippines. Came across this quote and had to use it. What a beautiful and blessed mind. Read more about Paulo here.

Philippine Airline – Guam to Manila

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First, Guam is an island filled with culture and friendliness. The sign at the departure gate says it all. A Philippine airlines flight with Russian subtitles on the bottom. Tourist from South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, the Philippines, etc. all come to this tiny island for some of the worlds best beaches, sunset, shopping, and people. I have absolutely fallen in love with this island in the past year.

The plane itself was like a plane from past years. It was like stepping into a time machine. This airline must have seen a checklist with the ‘minimum requirements’ to fly in the USA and made sure to meet only what is required. I haven’t been on plane that didn’t have any monitors in quite sometime. The dividing wall between first class and economy so the seats just go on and go on. Quite a few seats were not able to recline. As I said, the plane itself was just the bare minimum.

On the plus side (my parents always told me to look for the positives), food was absolutely delicious. Chicken in soy sauce and mushrooms with garlic rice. Though, It would of been nice if I was offered more than one class of water. The Ebola questionnaire was a little unnerving. More to come as I am writing this on my phone. Excuse the grammatical errors.

Bible Reading For The Day – Psalms

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.

​I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

I love how even reading the bible for all these years, you can still come across something that you have never read. What a beautiful verse to read as as arrive to Manila from Guam.IMG_4641.JPG

Why be an undercover Christian? Live life!

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